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Researchers develop electronic skin that displays vital health stats

Researchers develop electronic skin that displays vital health stats

The last few years have seen a number of flexible, electronic skin patch concepts for things like administering medicine or monitoring health conditions, but the latest version from researchers at the University of Tokyo adds an LED display to the mix. The ultrathin patch is made from flexible, breathable material, and can both measure and display a wearer's heartbeat in realtime.

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Xperia XA1 Oreo to remove only Night Light mode on Sony phones

Xperia XA1 Oreo to remove only Night Light mode on Sony phones

There has been a spate of awareness and push for “blue light filters” on mobile devices when studies and articles popped up talking about the harmful effects of screens, especially their blue light, on our overall health. But while some platform makers did implement built-in “night modes” on their operating systems, the situation on Android, unsurprisingly, is less clear-cut. Sony Xperia phones, for example, don’t have one, except for the Xperia XA1 models. That, however, will unfortunately change when they receive their Oreo update.

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Blood test determines concussion severity, gets FDA approval

Blood test determines concussion severity, gets FDA approval

The FDA has announced approval of a blood test that helps determine the severity of a concussion. The blood test isn't a substitution for existing diagnostic methods, such as giving the patient a CT scan, but can help determine whether a concussion has happened and whether a CT scan is necessary. The test can be used to reduce radiation exposure to patients.

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Nokia Digital Health business not going so hot right now

Nokia Digital Health business not going so hot right now

After a couple years in the health device business, Nokia's now not quite as sure they're ready to stay. Back in April of 2016, the Nokia brand acquired the Withings brand, and all their devices along with it. At that time, acquiring Withings meant every single Withings brand device in production would switch to Nokia branding, and every device line in Withings lineup would go Nokia from that point on. That purchase might not have been Nokia's best.

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Wearables can detect early signs of diabetes using machine learning

Wearables can detect early signs of diabetes using machine learning

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural networks are the buzzwords of the tech industry and are often used to make lives more convenient, either for consumers or for the companies selling them products and services. But these technologies are now being utilized to also help make people healthier and even save lives. A recent study made by health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco revealed that even your common fitness-centric wearable is capable of detecting early signs of diabetes. With a little help from neural networks, of course.

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Nike workout rewards expand with Apple Music, Headspace and more

Nike workout rewards expand with Apple Music, Headspace and more

Back in November, Nike introduced a new feature for NikePlus members called NikePlus Unlocks. Over the weekend Nike announced that a new batch of these benefits have started rolling out to members, giving them a way to get rewarded for their workouts and more. The benefits come from Nike partners, among them being Apple and the folks behind the meditation app Headspace.

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An opioid in over-the-counter anti-diarrhea meds has the FDA worried

An opioid in over-the-counter anti-diarrhea meds has the FDA worried

Head to your local big box store, pharmacy, or even online retailers like Amazon and you can easily find anti-diarrhea medications made with the same main ingredient: loperamide. These medications serve an important purpose, of course, but some people are increasingly using them to get high. This trend has officials worried and now the FDA is taking steps to address the issue.

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Advocacy group asks Facebook to drop Messenger Kids over health fears

Advocacy group asks Facebook to drop Messenger Kids over health fears

Facebook introduced a kid-friendly version of its chat app called Messenger Kids last month, offering young children access to all of its best features without the potential safety issues. The app aims to protect kids by tethering the app to a parent's account, requiring parental authorization to chat with new people, and more. However, an advocacy group is arguing that none of those features matter because, they say, Messenger Kids is inherently dangerous to kids.

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Sorry vaping aficionados, study finds e-cigs may damage heart and lungs

Sorry vaping aficionados, study finds e-cigs may damage heart and lungs

Years ago, the tobacco industry was revolutionized with the launch of the lowly electronic cigarette. Though it took time to catch on, e-cigs have seen explosive growth in popularity, many heralding them as the solution to many of combustion cigarettes' biggest problems. What was once championed as "basically harmless" has since been the subject of many studies, though, and yet another one finds that vaping comes with its own potential issues.

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iOS 11.3 Health Records makes iPhone your treatment hub

iOS 11.3 Health Records makes iPhone your treatment hub

Apple's push to make the iPhone the hub for your medical treatment continues, with iOS 11.3 adding Health Records for tracking tests, appointments, and more. A new addition to the iOS Health app, Health Records will pull in data from select healthcare services providers to be funneled straight into one place, rather than spread across multiple systems and devices.

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Flu virus can be spread by simply breathing: study

Flu virus can be spread by simply breathing: study

Being around a random sneeze or cough during flu season is enough to strike paranoia into one's heart, but it turns out it takes far less to potentially infect you. Researchers with the University of Maryland and other institutions are behind a newly published study that details how easily the influenza virus can be transmitted. Sneezing and coughing can spread the virus, of course, but so can simply breathing.

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Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 puts AI in your mouth

Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 puts AI in your mouth

AI is everywhere but, in almost all cases, they are located outside or at least on your body. Smart speakers are left inside rooms and smartwatches stay on your wrist. But a new smart device that’s available exclusively in Apple Stores applies AI inside your body. Don’t worry, it’s not invasive, at least not in the “skin-piercing” sense. This new Colgate smart toothbrush uses a bit of artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing to analyze your mouth and your brushing method and tell you how to brush your teeth better.

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